By Margaux Desdet
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He is the only one in the Ile-de-France region to provide this type of service. Frédéric Leroyer offers 4 × 4 rental for ralliesmainly the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, of which it is the official landlord-preparer, and the Trophée Roses des Sables.
“I worked in a 4 × 4 garage where we did it all the time. I used to attend rallies for Volkswagen France, which used to attend them. And the idea sprouted to open my own garage, ”he explains. He therefore opened his rental company in 2019 and his more traditional garage in November 2021, in Bassevellein Seine and Marne. Since then, he has already taken care of about thirty couples.
The Briard mechanic accompanies, for example, Mylène Lecieux, a firefighter and resident in Saint-Loup-de-Naud, and Marie-Line Rey, a banker living in Germigny-l’Évêque, who makes up Myzouga binomial (from the contraction of Mylène and Merzouga, a small Moroccan town located in the Sahara desert, where part of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles takes place).
Together they will participate in next edition of the famous raid, which takes place in March 2023. The two friends who teamed up after the last-minute abandonment of teammate to one of them had already used her services during a previous Rallye Aicha des Gazelles held in September 2020. Without being able to train together, they were third endon the podium, with Toyota KZJ95 white which they will resume next March.
“A well-prepared 4 × 4 has crazy options”
“We will no longer let go, neither the two of us nor with our coach. Never change a winning team! It’s a vehicle that drives everywhere, well raised, and in terms of driving it seems easier for us. And then we feel good there, and we have it in our hands.Fred only has Toyotas to be able to find parts very easily everywhere.We know we are comfortable with him because everything is well prepared.And a well-prepared 4 × 4 has crazy options, hence the role of Peace ”, they develop.
Armor, tires specific to the terrain, mountainous, rocky or even sandy, nothing is left to chance.
“We do not take excessive risks, so it is important to know the 4×4 perfectly, as well as its cruising capabilities.”
If they already know it, to strengthen their technical skills and knowledge of the vehicle, they are registered in Fublaines 4 × 4 club, where they practice crossing. They also want to make one driving course in the desert of Morocco to work more in the sand, technically and for navigation.
The goal of their second participation together: reduce their penalties by at least 30 km. As a reminder, the goal of this orienteering race is to find beacons in the desert by traveling as few kilometers as possible using a map and a compass.
Frédéric Leroyer will follow them chaperones a total of four of his vehicles. In addition to preparation, Frédéric Leroyer actually travels to Morocco to help the gazelles on the field and vehicle repair. “I alternate between the two conventions, so I have a lot of work between March and October,” he says with a smile.
Official rental-preparer of the convention
For ten years, including two years in the name of his company Global 4 × 4, he will be part of the staff, which on average consists of sixty mechanics, spread over four poles, for about 150 crew. At least that’s it one of the convention’s official rental companiesthat is, approved and recognized by the organizer, Maïenga.
“I am at the bivouac all day to rest. My work only starts at 7 pm, and depending on the damage to the cars, it is more or less long. I usually finish around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. We often help others as well, ”says Frédéric Leroyer.
Every night, the couples hand over their vehicle to Frédéric, who manages to repair them, check the safety features, perform the overhauls, replace the filters, tighten what needs to be tightened and replace the parts if necessary.
“We never have to worry, we make him completely confidence. We can decompress because we know he will make it! “, Assure the gazelles.
Before departure, the specialist also gives precious advice to the participants.
“From a mechanical point of view, we want more knowledge. Our dream is to make Dakar and we have no assistance, so Fred has to train us on the points to know for escape, hacks … He does not have to do it, but he is very involved. He also leaves us the vehicle before and after the start so we can tour the sponsors. It is important to us, because it is also thanks to them that this dream is possible, ”Mylène explains.
Like last year, motorsport events are expected to be held this year to raise funds for the event.
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